KEYNOTE: Dreaming pragmatically: Building Trust and Advocacy for the DIY and Independent Culture Sector

Nov 26, 2021 | 20h55 - 20h25 (Pa)
2:00 - 2:25 p.m. (To)

With Tiffany Fukuma, Trans Europe Halles.

Are you and your community dreaming of investing in a space and transforming it into a vibrant, independent arts, culture and community centre - but the real estate market, weight of official cultural institutions, and the complexity of the regulations seem like a dead end for your dream?

Don't stop dreaming. Trust yourself as true agents of change in your community and your city. Organize and build trust in your vision, connect with other initiatives internationally, fundraise, convince your elected officials, learn the urban planning and real estate finance lingua - summon the fire and prove yourself right. You can do it because others have been doing it for years, globally, and are still doing it.

Trans Europe Halles is a major European cultural network representing over 135 grassroots, independent arts, culture and community centres in over 35 countries. It started in 1983, as an informal gathering of 3 grassroots centres in Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands sharing the same values and the same issues. It has grown exponentially ever since and played a great role in shifting policies in the European culture sector in the past 40 years, and in building trust in DIY (or DIT-for Do It Together) initiatives as triggers of urban, economic, cultural and social transformation at a European level. This is the very pragmatic story of how to keep the dream alive.

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